MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After being closed for a year-and-a-half, the Plymouth Avenue Bridge will undergo repairs starting in July, and is expected to reopen to traffic in mid-October.
The City Council’s Transportation and Public Works Committee announced Tuesday that the repair will be done in two phases: the first begins this summer, while the second begins in 2013. During the fall reopening, some lane restrictions will be in effect, and bikes and pedestrians will not be allowed until the second phase.
Closed in October 2010, the bridge suffered major deterioration in the cables that run inside the bridge. Motor vehicle traffic was stopped, while bike and pedestrian traffic was allowed. The City has set aside $6 million for repair funding.
In July, crews will focus on the center span of the bridge, where corroded cables and crumbling concrete will be repaired and replaced. After the center span is fixed, then traffic will be reopened, and other spans will be the focus of phase two in 2013.
First opened in 1982, the Plymouth Avenue Bridge carried over 14,000 vehicles a day.